- 12-13-2012, 05:38 PM #1
Transition is hard, but it's especially hard for those on Android who depends heavily on Google services to switch to Windows Phone.
This is especially true of many friends who really like Windows Phones, but are afraid of switching due those services. With Google declaring that it currently has no plan to release more apps for Windows Phone, I hope to compile a comprehensive guide for those who need it.
Since I am NOT very much into the Google ecosystem, I will need a lot of help.
So lets get started.
The default YouTube app is a disgrace since it does nothing more than sent you to the mobile YouTube site. Fortunately, there's an undisputable best YouTube app on Windows Phone: Metrotube
Gmail and Google Calendar
If you want to use push notification for Gmail and sync multiple Google Calendars, read here: How to use Google services in Windows Phone 8
If you like neither Bing Maps nor Nokia Maps and want to use Google Maps, give gMaps a go. It uses Google Maps and comes in an ad-supported free version and a paid version.
With Google Voice, there are more than one choice. MetroTalk has a neat interface and comes in an ad-supported free version and a paid version. If you don't like MetroTalk, you may try GoVoice which is free.
It's best know alternative is GChat (free) and GChat+ (paid). You may also want to try IM+/IM+ Pro which support Google Talk as well as other IM services
If you want a Google Play music player for your Windows Phone, Gooroovster is the app to get and it's free.
There's a Google Search app, but don't bother downloading it. Just go to google.com. The app is inferior in everyway.
Last edited by illegaloperation; 12-13-2012 at 07:22 PM.
- 12-13-2012, 07:04 PM #4
There's also nothing for Google+ right now. Users will have to use the mobile site.
I can see why Google doesn't want to release more apps for Windows Phone: make it harder to switch to Windows Phone.
- 12-13-2012, 09:01 PM #5
I wrote an app for Google Cloud Print, KumoPrint: KumoPrint | Windows Phone Apps+Games Store (United States). The app allows you to print web pages and SkyDrive documents/photos to any Google Cloud Print-connected printer. User feedback for the app has in general been very good.
- 12-14-2012, 12:07 AM #6
The focus should be a "bridge, then migrate" strategy IMO. In other words, here's a crutch to get you over to WP, and then here are wholesale replacements for Google services from other providers.
- 12-14-2012, 10:33 PM #9My next phone...
- 12-15-2012, 02:41 AM #11
I'm starting to think that "kill ActiveSync and replace it with craptacular IMAP" is Google's version of the Apple Maps fiasco.
There's so much potential here for Microsoft to talk about what makes Outlook.com better -- on the web, on your PC, and on your phone.
- 12-15-2012, 12:28 PM #12
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- 12-15-2012, 02:01 PM #18
IMAP *sucks* for mobile users. It's a huge battery drain.
Google's "fix" for this is to remove push e-mail support from IMAP on its services, which means you're back to 1999, when your Symbian phone polled the server every 15 or 30 minutes to get e-mail.
That puts Gmail in the bush leagues for serious mobile e-mail users.
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